West Virginia man accused of aiming airsoft gun at officer

Charles Miller was arrested and charged with threatening a terroristic act.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man who pointed a realistic-looking airsoft gun at a police officer has been charged with threatening a terroristic act.

The Charleston Police Department says Charles Norman Miller was arrested Thursday after officers received a report of an armed man outside a house in the city’s West Side. A police spokeswoman says a nearby elementary school was put on lockdown as a precaution.

Authorities say the 31-year-old quickly dropped the weapon after aiming it at an officer who arrived in a squad car. Police determined Miller was holding an airsoft gun without an orange safety tip or any other features that would make clear it wasn’t a real firearm.

Miller has been jailed. He doesn’t have a lawyer yet.